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VeloSkin Chamois Cream is a thick, luxurious skin treatment that smells great and holds up on long rides. If you're a fan of chamois creams, you should try this.
VeloSkin Chamois Cream feels like a real top-end luxury item. The smart black metal pot holds the most wonderfully thick, luxuriant paste I've ever smeared onto my nethers. The scent is distinctive and pleasing, with a good dose of bergamot – a key ingredient in true Eau de Cologne, it is worth remembering, so at the very least it should lend your shorts an olfactory touch of class.
The texture of this cream is delightful. It is extremely smooth yet firm. This means it spreads on well and, unlike some chamois creams I've tried, isn't going to drip onto your floor or clothes as you apply it. I found I didn't need a huge amount to anoint my undercarriage, and so a tin of this should last a reasonable length of time.
The list of ingredients is extensive and includes cocoa butter, soy wax, jojoba oil, aloe vera, cucumber oil and a whole host of other substances that suggest they're going to be soothing on the skin. Perhaps surprisingly, for such a top-end product, the cream doesn't claim to use organic ingredients, so that might be something to consider if that sort of thing concerns you.
I've already mentioned the consistency of this cream, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to mention it again, because it really is lovely. There was none of the stickiness or sliminess of some creams, and applying it was always a pleasure, inasmuch as such an undignified act can ever be.
But how it feels when rubbed onto your bum is only part of the story – the true test of a chamois cream is how it feels on the saddle. I gave the VeloSkin cream a proper test on a hilly 100-mile training ride wearing a pair of bib tights that were, usefully, a bit past their best and which had given me a little discomfort on previous rides. With a single pre-ride smear of VeloSkin between me and the pad, I can report that I did not feel the slightest hint of rubbing all day. I was genuinely impressed, and the experience of wearing those tights was notably different to other recent rides. Subsequent rides in other shorts and tights felt equally good and I'm convinced that first experience wasn't a one-off.
There are certainly other creams out there, including Assos's highly popular Chamois Crème and, for those wanting to support UK industry, Bristol Butt'r and Bikemonger's Happy Bottom Bum Butter. As our review of the latter notes, it is vegan-friendly, which is something not all creams can claim. VeloSkin similarly makes a feature of its products not being tested on animals.
Wonderfully thick and smooth chamois cream, a good choice for all-day riding comfort
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Veloskin Chamois Cream
Size tested: 150ml
Tell us what the product is for
Veloskin describes its chamois cream like this: "Chamois cream forms a protective buffer between you and the saddle. Friction is one of cyclist's worst enemies, more so than the longest ride or the highest climb and can cause saddle sores and discomfort. At VeloSkin, we are firmly of the opinion that prevention is better than cure, which is why our chamois cream offers a vital line of defence."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
According to Veloskin, the ingredients include:
Shea butter - Your skin's best friend. Soothes itching and balances skin hydration levels
Cocoa butter - Bursting with healthy, fatty acids to add a protective layer of hydration
Soy wax – Superbly moisturises and revitalises the skin
Witch hazel - Mother Nature's astringent fights swelling, sores and infection
Coconut oil - Can make the difference between dry, sore skin and smooth, soft and supple skin
Jojoba oil - Naturally anti–microbial, jojoba oil prevents the growth of bacteria on skin.
Raspberry seed oil - Great for sore skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties
Argan oil - Packed with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids; an ideal natural moisturiser
Aloe vera - Helps heal and has sooth due to its anti-inflammatory properties
Vitamin C - Its antioxidant properties make it a vital molecule for healthy skin
Cucumber oil - Detoxes pores to keep things clean and fresh
Wheat protein - Gently nourishes whilst balancing moisture levels
Orange oil - Characterised by antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
Bergamot Oil – Providing a natural citrus scent, as well as warding off microorganisms
It's a very thick, luxurious paste that applies easily and feels great on the skin.
Really seemed to help comfort on long rides.
The cream lasted well on long rides.
It's not cheap, but is priced comparably to other high-end chamois creams.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The cream seemed to work well for preventing discomfort on long rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The pleasant, thick texture and the scent.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a luxurious chamois cream that goes on well, doesn't drip, and really seems to help out with comfort on long rides.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Synapse My best bike is: Whyte Wessex One
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking, audax and long-distance riding
A research psychologist by day, Ian spends quite a lot of time on bikes, particularly commuting between Bristol and Bath or doing audax rides. For years he was an ultradistance runner, but this came to an end when he realised getting back onto a bicycle offered the chance to race over much more preposterous distances. In recent years he has ridden in the Transcontinental Race, the TransWales and the North Cape 4000. He has even finished first in some of these.